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  1. Hello William, that's a nice Type 3 you have here. 


    Some minor remarks regarding your description:


    Shin-gunto refers to a type 94/98 koshirae, yours is a type 3.




    The sugata is shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune only describes the geometry of the sword's back.




    The nagasa is too long and cannot be correct, gunto normally have a length between 60 and 65 cm. You probably measured the total sword length which isn't the nagasa.



  2. Your sword is gorgeous, it looks very powerful with its long kissaki.


    Are you alluding to a kinnoto in your description ? I remembered (from Aoi Arts pictures) that kinnoto had an extra long nakago (among other things) that I can't see on your sword so I checked Markus' encyclopedia of Japanese swords and I don't think your sword qualifies as one: the nagasa should be at least 80 cms and the nakago is too short (once you've seen a kinnoto nakago, you just can't forget it).  



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  3. Hello Erick and welcome to the board and this hobby :)


    Have you already removed the tsuka (handle) ? It would be helpful to see pictures of the nakago (tang) and if there is a mei (signature).


    At first glance, the hamon looks very nice. I also like the habaki with the 2 different metals (that's a good sign IMO).


    The tsuba is unusual for a shin-gunto, maybe that is a civil variant ? Others will be able to tell.


    If you remove the tsuka, you may find matching numbers on the tsuba, seppa (washers) and tang.


    The color of the sarute tells me it's not original to the koshirae.


    Edit: Bruce Pennington maintains a very useful reference document Stamps of the Japanese Sword listing the different types of stamps one can find on military swords.

  4. 7 hours ago, Michaelr said:

    I have a Nagamitsu sword dated May 1945 and was wondering how rare/ unusual it is to have a blade dated May 1945 since WW2 ended in May 45. Just thought this was interesting.  Thank you in advance.   MikeR


    Well... the WW2 ended in May 1945 in Europe, not in Asia. Your sword was crafted 3 months before the end of the WW2 which happened on Sept, 2nd in Japan.

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  5. Yes. From Sesko's excellent encyclopedia of Japanese swords:



    chikei (地景) – Lit. “shadow(s) in the steel.” A black gleaming line of nie in the ji, i.e. of ji-nie. Chikei are an effect of hardening and not limited to follow the layer structure of the jihada and are basically the same as kinsuji but appearing in the ji. But in the case of a steel-mix of steels with different carbon content, for example like used by the Sōshū smiths, the darker layers of jihada are also described as chikei. In other words, we have two kinds of chikei: Such going back to hardening, and such going back to the forging structure or rather the layers of the steel.



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